Phoenix is ris­ing fast

Kwinana Courier - - News - Vic­to­ria Ri­fici

MEADOW Springs soc­cer tal­ent Phoenix Par­sons (10) hopes to raise $19,000 to fund two in­ter­na­tional soc­cer-re­lated trips.

The South Coast Bap­tist Col­lege stu­dent, who is a rare left­footer, was se­lected to rep­re­sent the Aus­tralian team for the Ju­ven­tus Academy World Cup Tour­na­ment in Torino, Italy, in June.

His mother Court­ney said her son was one of 22 chil­dren from through­out the coun­try who qual­i­fied to play at the in­ter­na­tional ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion.

The mother of three said her son would also at­tend a trip to Eng­land in Septem­ber to train with Pre­mier League clubs, in­clud­ing Manch­ester United and Chelsea.

“The Italy trip would cost $9000 and I’ve raised $7600 through kind do­na­tions of fam­ily and friends and a heap of fundrais­ing – I have $1400 left to raise” she said.

“The trip to Eng­land is what I re­ally need to raise for and I’m hop­ing to fund a to­tal of $10,000.”

Phoenix started play­ing soc­cer at five years old and trains six days a week, four hours a day, be­fore, dur­ing or af­ter school.

The Year 5 stu­dent said the money raised would help his dreams come true.

“One day I want to be a pro­fes­sional foot­baller and play for the Pre­mier League or La Liga (Spain) league,” he said.

A sin­gle par­ent and stay-athome mum, Ms Par­sons said she would raise the money through fundrais­ing events such as sausage siz­zles in Smart Street Mall, a raf­fle, choco­late sales and a GoFundMe page.

“I funded my own fees so my fare is sorted,” she said.

Ms Par­sons said it was dif­fi­cult to come up with the funds on her own.

“If th­ese kinds of op­por­tu­ni­ties come up for your kids, you want to do any­thing you can to make that hap­pen,” she said.

“This is a once-in-a-life­time op­por­tu­nity for him and a lit­tle bit of help would be re­ally good.”

To help Phoenix on his jour­ney, visit send-phoenix-to-italy.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d482884

Phoenix Par­sons shows the flair that has tal­ent scouts ex­cited.

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